The story of Burnt Toast & Jam began more than 20 years ago as a group of friends gathered to play music at campfires, in garages and living rooms, on the banks of the Red River and among the tall pines of Northeast Wisconsin. Improvisational jam sessions inspired the creation of “Dewgrass”, a genre of music coined by guitar player Tim Balke’s daughter Maggie Rayne. As our jam sessions evolved, so did the band.
Dewgrass is the sound of band members Kurby Hoffman (banjo/vocals), Tim Balke (guitar/vocals), Pat Rades (guitar/dobro/vocals), Sarah Ludeman (rockin’ box with spurs/vocals) and Tod Pubanz (bass/vocals). Each band member provides their own individual influences that create an atmosphere of spontaneous composition on stage. And sometimes we just hang on with both hands… or is it let go?